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Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Discusses Color Blind Casting, Alka Seltzer, & No Pay, Nudity

This Week Rob and Kevin discuss color blind casting in musical theatre and what can musical theatre programs across the country to do to help lead the cause, our guests send us swag, celebrating the great Kafritz amp Mamie Eisenhower, Alka Seltzer's greatest commercial, spilling the tea on Weekend at Bernies, Nathan Lane can't get work, Donna Murphy goes to acting school, and the follies of the Aea.
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Quiz: The ensemble cast of Lee Daniels' The Butler

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Director Lee Daniels has assembled an all-star cast that’s a veritable who’s who of Hollywood cinema for his look at the notable political events of the 20th century in The Butler.

Forest Whitaker is Daniels’ titular butler in question, Cecil Gaines, who thanks to a 34 year tenure as butler at the White House, was witness to historical events inside the presidential palace, serving more than eight American presidents.

You’ve got to have a big cast on hand to cover the political and social events that span from 1962 to 1986. The Butlerfeatures some well-known actors in high profile roles including Robin Williams as Dwight D. Eisenhower, Melissa Leoas Mamie Eisenhower, James Marsden as John F. Kennedy, Liev Schreiber as Lyndon B. Johnson, John Cusack as Richard Nixon, and Alan Rickman and Jane Fonda as Ronald and Nancy Reagan. Not to mention the cast of Gaines’ family, friends and political activists played by Oprah Winfrey,
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'The Butler' Trailer is Here to Serve You

If there was ever a more ambitious film than "The Butler," we have yet to discover it.

"Precious" director Lee Daniels efforts to recapitulate — through the real-life eyes of a lone, stolid White House butler — pretty much the entire twentieth century as it related to the American Civil Rights Movement. With a cast list that reads like a flat-out roll call for the Walk of Fame, Daniels presents the working life of Cecil Gaines (real name: Eugene Allen), a man who served eight consecutive U.S. presidents during his career and witnessed history being made first-hand.

The first trailer for "The Butler" has now been released, and boy oh boy are we impressed with all the acute caricaturing going down here ... and all the feels we feel.

Forest Whitaker leads the cast as the apolitical Mr. Gaines, a man whose directive is to ghost around the Capitol without putting in
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Trailer for The Butler is Here!

The Weinstein Company has unveiled the trailer for "The Butler," starring Forest Whitaker and directed by Lee Daniels (Precious). It's set to hit theaters on October 18h. Check it out below. Plot: The story revolves around a White House butler who served eight American presidents over three decades. The film traces the dramatic changes that swept American society during this time, from the civil rights movement to Vietnam and beyond, and how those changes affected this man's life and family. The movie also stars John Cusack as Richard Nixon, Alan Rickman as Ronald Reagan, Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan, James Marsden as John F. Kennedy, Minka Kelly as Jackie Kennedy, Robin Williams as Dwight D. Eisenhower, Melissa Leo as Mamie Eisenhower, Liev Schreiber as Lyndon B. Johnson, and Nelsan Ellis as Martin Luther King Jr. Trailer:
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Photo: Oprah in Love Scene from The Butler

About a month ago, Oprah Winfrey unveiled our first look at Alan Rickman and Jane Fonda as Ronald and Nancy Reagan from "The Butler." And today, we have a shot of Oprah with Terrence Howard from a scene that the talk-show host described as a "love scene." Check it out below. The movie revolves around Eugene Allen (Forest Whitaker), who worked at the White House for thirty four years and for eight presidents, starting with Harry Truman in 1952 and ending in 1986 with Ronald Reagan (Rickman). Oprah plays Allen's wife. "The Butler" is directed by Lee Daniels (Precious) and co-stars Robin Williams as President Dwight D. Eisenhower, John Cusack as Richard Nixon, James Marsden as JFK, Minka Kelly as Jackie Kennedy, Melissa Leo as Mamie Eisenhower, plus Liam Neeson, Liev Schreiber, Cuba Gooding Jr, David Oeylowo, Lenny Kravitz, and Alex Pettyfer. Photo: (click to enlarge)
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First Look: Alan Rickman as Ronald Reagan in The Butler

Oprah Winfrey and director Lee Daniels (Precious) have unveiled our first look at Alan Rickman and Jane Fonda as Ronald and Nancy Reagan from "The Butler." Check out the photo below. The movie revolves around Eugene Allen (Forest Whitaker), who worked at the White House for thirty four years and for eight presidents, starting with Harry Truman in 1952 and ending in 1986 with Ronald Reagan (Rickman). Oprah plays Allen's wife. The rest of the cast includes Robin Williams as President Dwight D. Eisenhower, John Cusack as Richard Nixon, James Marsden as JFK, Minka Kelly as Jackie Kennedy, Melissa Leo as Mamie Eisenhower, plus Liam Neeson, Liev Schreiber, Cuba Gooding Jr, David Oeylowo, Lenny Kravitz, Terrence Howard, and Alex Pettyfer. Photo: (click to enlarge)
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Update: Oprah Winfrey parties with Jane Fonda, Alan Rickman as Nancy and Ronald Reagan in 'The Butler' -- Photo

Update: Oprah Winfrey parties with Jane Fonda, Alan Rickman as Nancy and Ronald Reagan in 'The Butler' -- Photo
What would happen if Oprah Winfrey partied with Nancy and Ronald Reagan? It would hopefully look like the image to the right, which Winfrey posted to Instagram from the set of director Lee DanielsThe Butler. The film is based on the life of Eugene Allen (played by Forest Whitaker), a man who worked at the White House through eight presidencies, from Dwight Eisenhower to Ronald Reagan. Winfrey, who plays Whitaker’s wife, captioned this shot: “Director Lee Daniels, Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan, Alan Rickman as Prez Reagan, and me … gonna be a long nite.” Gotta love that both
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First Look: Robin Williams As Dwight Eisenhower

First Look: Robin Williams As Dwight Eisenhower
Robin Williams looks like Ike.

The Oscar-winning actor and comedian was photographed on the set of "The Butler" wearing a bald cap and make-up, which transforms Williams into Dwight D. Eisenhower, the 34th president of the United States. (Williams' street clothes are decidedly anachronistic and not part of the film; check out the photo below.)

Directed by Lee Daniels ("Precious" and the upcoming film "The Paperboy"), "The Butler" focuses on Eugene Allen, a White House staffer who served eight presidents during his life, including Eisenhower. Forest Whitaker is set to star as Allen (a photo of Whitaker in character recently debuted online), with Oprah Winfrey playing his wife and John Cusack (as Richard Nixon), Jane Fonda (as Nancy Reagan), Alan Rickman (as Ronald Reagan), James Marsden and Minka Kelly (as John F. Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy) filling out the sprawling cast. Actress Melissa Leo is listed on IMDb as Mamie Eisenhower,
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Robin Williams Plays President Eisenhower (No Joke)

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Robin Williams Plays President Eisenhower (No Joke)
Heroic World War II general and president of Columbia University - and one of the best-liked American presidents - Dwight D. Eisenhower wasn't particularly known for his sense of humor, but that may change now that he is being played by Robin Williams. As seen in this photo, Williams, 61, is made up to play Eisenhower during his White House years. Ike was 62 when first sworn in, and 71 when he handed over the reins to the 43-year-old JFK in 1961. And the role is for The Butler, an adaptation of a Washington Post article about the real-life Eugene Allen, a White House
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First Look: Forest Whitaker in The Butler

Variety has unveiled the first photo from "The Butler," showing Forest Whitaker as the title character, Eugene Allen, who worked at the White House for thirty four years. Check out the photo below. Allen worked for eight presidents, starting with Harry Truman in 1952 and ending in 1986 with Ronald Reagan (Alan Rickman). The new movie is directed by Lee Daniels (Precious). The rest of the cast includes Robin Williams as President Dwight D. Eisenhower, John Cusack as Richard Nixon, James Marsden as JFK, Minka Kelly as Jackie Kennedy, Melissa Leo as Mamie Eisenhower Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan, plus Oprah Winfrey, Liam Neeson, Liev Schreiber, Cuba Gooding Jr, David Oeylowo, Lenny Kravitz, Terrence Howard, and Alex Pettyfer. Photo: (click to enlarge)
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Casting Net: Denzel Washington to play 'The Equalizer.' Plus: Jon Favreau, Jay Baruchel, Liev Schreiber

Casting Net: Denzel Washington to play 'The Equalizer.' Plus: Jon Favreau, Jay Baruchel, Liev Schreiber
• Further cementing his career second act as an action star, Denzel Washington is closing a deal to star in The Equalizer, a loose adaptation of the 1980s CBS series about a onetime military covert ops agent who helps civilians in need. No director is attached, but the current script was penned by Richard Wenk (The Mechanic, 16 Blocks). [Deadline]

Jon Favreau has joined director Martin Scorsese’s adaptation of the high-stakes stock market memoir The Wolf of Wall Street, playing a securities lawyer. Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Jean Dujardin, Kyle Chandler, and Rob Reiner costar. [Deadline]

Jay Baruchel is close to signing up for the remake of Robocop,
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Liev Schreiber Is Lbj In Lee Daniels’ ‘The Butler’

Liev Schreiber Is Lbj In Lee Daniels’ ‘The Butler’
Liev Schreiber will play President Lyndon B Johnson in The Butler, the Lee Daniels-directed film about the life of Eugene Allen, a White House servant who worked for eight First Families. The film also stars Robin Williams (as President Dwight D. Eisenhower), Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey and David Oyelowo, as well as John Cusack, Alan Rickman, Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan and recently added cast members Melissa Leo (Mamie Eisenhower), James Marsden (JFK), Minka Kelly (Jackie Kennedy), Mariah Carey, Vanessa Redgrave, Alex Pettyfer, Yaya DaCosta, Elijah Kelly and Jesse Williams. Danny Strong wrote the script with Daniels, based on Wil Haygood’s Washington Post article about Allen. Daniels will produce with Hilary Shor, Cassian Elwes and Pam Williams of Laura Ziskin Prods. The music is being composed by Quincy Jones. Schreiber is repped by Untitled and CAA.
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Mr. President: Robin Williams Will Play Dwight D. Eisenhower

Mr. President: Robin Williams Will Play Dwight D. Eisenhower
Robin Williams likes Ike. The actor has been cast as Dwight D. Eisenhower in Lee Daniels' sprawling historical epic "The Butler." The news was announced via press release from ID-pr on Wednesday evening.

Daniels -- best known as the director of "Precious," but also the man behind the cuckoo bananas-sounding "The Paperboy" (the movie where Nicole Kidman pees on Zac Efron) -- has assembled an all-star cast for "The Butler," which focuses on Eugene Allen, a White House staffer who served eight presidents during his life. Forest Whitaker stars as Allen, with Oprah Winfrey playing his wife and John Cusack (as Richard Nixon), Jane Fonda (as Nancy Reagan), Alan Rickman (as Ronald Reagan), Vanessa Redgrave and Terrence Howard in the cast as well. James Marsden and Minka Kelly are rumored to play John and Jackie Kennedy, while Melissa Leo is listed on IMDb as Mamie Eisenhower. (IMDb is a
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'Jacqueline Kennedy: In Her Own Words': Did Diane Sawyer's special change your opinions about Jackie O?

'Jacqueline Kennedy: In Her Own Words': Did Diane Sawyer's special change your opinions about Jackie O?
On the eve of the release of historian Michael Beschloss’ new book, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy, Diane Sawyer hosted a two-hour long special chronicling the previously unheard eight-and-a-half hours worth of audio of the former First Lady.

The ABC special — watch it here — featured the revealing interviews that historian Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. conducted with Mrs. Kennedy just four months after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, as well Sawyer’s interview with Caroline Kennedy, who revealed why she opted to release the tapes to the public now.

For anyone that
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